As Vishy reminded me, I never actually posted anything on Shutter Island. I don’t think I have a whole review in me, so I’m just going to chat for a few minutes about it.
I read Shutter Island for my book club. It was our first meeting and we went and saw the film before discussing the book. Two members loved it, one didn’t really care for it, and I was somewhere in the middle. Shutter Island is not the type of book I generally read, but I was glad for the chance to read something different. And I liked it. I didn’t love it. I kept figuring out the twists shortly before they happened and I wish I had actually been surprised when they were announced. I should have written this up sooner because my mind is completely blank of any other thoughts and, strangely, so is my Shutter Island note on my iphone (that’s how I keep notes while reading). So I’m going to move on the the movie.
Shutter Island (the film) was remarkably similar to the book. I did think that the final “twist” was a little more obvious in the movie but it might also be because I had already read the book. I did like the little extra they added on to the end of the movie that made the conclusion a little clearer. I actually think I made a mistake by reading the book the day before I went and saw the movie. Although it was good, I actually started to doze off a little because I felt like I was doing the exact same thing I’d done the previous day. I don’t recommend that.
[And psst…it’s my birthday today]